Six Take Leadership Role as New Trustees

By Staff June 01, 2014

Top row (left to right): Ann Carter, Steven S. Fischman, Barbara Gannon. Bottom row (left to right): Anthony Jimenez, Dick O'Brien, Don Siegel

Ann Carter

A principal of Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications for many years, Ann Carter brings a broad understanding of the interaction of finance, communications, strategic marketing and operations to her clients. In addition to being the newest Trustee at William James College, Carter is also a Trustee for the Boston Arts Academy, Raising a Reader MA, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. She describes William James College President Nick Covino's leadership as "compelling and persuasive." With an accounting degree and an MBA, Carter brings a wealth of new skills to our board, where she looks forward to being a vocal advocate for mental health issues. "I feel the sense of urgency to meet the tremendous mental health needs," she says. "I approach this new job with great respect for theprofessional and volunteer leaders who've come before me."

Steven S. Fischman

Steve Fischman is the President of New England Development and was, for many years, an attorney at Goulston &Storrs in Boston. His strong and enduring commitment to social justice is reflected in his having served in Colombia as a Peace Corps volunteer and his ongoing leadership work with Bend the Arc, an organization that raises and distributes philanthropic support to a variety of non-profits serving poor communities. A former Director of Partners Healthcare System, Co-Chair of Partners Healthcare Real Estate Committee and a member of several other local boards, Fischman also encourages his own company to do good in the community. To that end, the staff volunteers at local charities, and the company does pro-bono construction management. Fischman is committed to William James College's vision of confronting dire shortages of mental health providers and decreasing the pervasive stigma of mental illness.

Barbara Gannon

Barbara Gannon received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College in 1998 and has been involved at William James College since then. She calls hers a "portable degree that can be used in so many ways." Gannon's company, GannonConsult, focuses on leadership and organizational development in the transportation sector, offering the design and delivery of courses and workshops, leadership study groups, coaching and consultation. Recently honored at a Conference of Minority Transportation Professionals with their "Women Who Move the Nation" award, she says she thinks carefully about where she gives her time, and is "proud to be a part of William James College as it shapes its agenda for the future."

Anthony (Tony) Jimenez

Tony Jimenez is the President &CEO and 2004 founder of MicroTech, named for three consecutive years by Hispanic Business Magazine as the No. 1 Fastest Growing Hispanic-Owned Business in the U.S. A passionate advocate for the veteran, Hispanic and small business communities, Jimenez is an expert on entrepreneurship, government contracting IT and diversity business. He has advised U.S. presidents and has testified before Congress on legislation designed to improve opportunities for small business owners. The winner of numerous awards and honors, Jimenez says he serves as a William James College trustee because "I love the mission. I love what William James College is doing. It's cutting edge, a great school, designing desperately-needed programs." As a vet himself, Jimenez knows and understands "that veterans and the Hispanic community are underserved."

Richard (Dick) O'Brien

The Executive Vice President and Director of Government Relations for the American Association of Advertising Agencies in Washington, D.C., Dick O'Brien is the principal representative to the White House, Congress and the industry's regulatory agencies. O'Brien has served on many boards over the years, including 15 years with the Special Olympics, where he'd served since its inception. He was initially persuaded by his friend Mike Schell to get more involved after hearing about William James College's programs for training veterans to serve veterans, but his enthusiasm grew the more he learned about other innovative goals, such as raising the profile of mental health, getting beyond the stigma and making access available for underserved populations. He says, "William James College is poised to make a big contribution, and I want to be part of seeing something happen."

Donald (Don) H. Siegel

Don Siegel is a founding member of Posternak, Blankstein &Lund LLP. He has practiced as a corporate lawyer for over 40 years and acts as a general counsel and advisor to corporate clients in a wide range of industries. Siegel attained his knowledge of and advocacy for William James College from his wife Ellen, a William James College 1997 graduate with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. "I hope to help the school bring its vision forward," says Siegel, eager to lend his legal and business skills to his new board work. "I look forward to working as Co-Chair with Mike Schell on the Capital Campaign and helping William James College grow." Siegel sees William James College as the platform to train the next generation of mental health professionals and as a beacon for raising awareness of, and helping open access to, quality mental health care for all people.

Note: Dr. Eugene D'Angelo came on board as a Trustee at press time;he will be featured in the fall issue.